But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We continue our weekly look at the Fruit of the Spirit with Peace.
Why is Peace so important as a Fruit of the Spirit?
I believe Peace is connected to faith. Thanks to the Amplified Bible, we have the following interpretation of John 14:27..
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
We aren’t told to try not to be afraid, or that fear will not find us. We are told NOT to be afraid. We are told, I believe, to have faith.
Faith that God is in control.
Faith that Jesus is with us.
Faith that Holy Spirit is within us.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7)
Peace is what guards our hearts and minds from fear, because it is rooted in Faith. It surpasses all understanding, because it is of the Spirit, not our own nature.